It was a night of mind-expanding jams at the Echoplex. Openers The Main Squeeze set the tone with an incredible set, and Papadosio took it to the next level with a two-part performance. Here’s a recap of what went down.
The Echoplex is one of my favorite LA venues. With couches, free water, well EQd sound, and a contingent of ridiculously beautiful women at every show I’ve seen, it’s pretty much exactly what I want. And, this show was put on with the DoLab, my favorite event company. They bring live painting and radiant fans to every production, and last night was no different. Opener The Main Squeeze took the stage at 10:00.
Hailing from Chicago, this funked-out jam band delivered on all levels. Great lyrics, amazing stage presences, and virtuosic pieces by every band member got the crowd moving early, and guitar solos and stunning percussion work kept feet stomping throughout. It was actual fucking rock music, and god was it good.
Next up was Papadosio. Formed in Athens, Ohio in 2006, this experimental group fuses electronic and organic elements in a psychedelic sonic journey. Incredible solos, soulful singing, and, of course, the hamster ball spinning away are hallmarks of Papadosio sets. Last night’s performance featured mind-expanding cascades of piano, an incredible light show with Alex Grey-esque artwork flashing across the screen, and some seriously funky basslines bringing the crowd down to the ground. Opening with ‘The Bionic Man Meets His Past’ off of TETIOS and playing through old hits like ‘All I Knew,’ the jam was an undeniable display of virtuosity. Papadosio’s tour continues through summer, so check out their Facebook page and get acquainted with their music on bandcamp-you won’t want to miss this act.
Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 introduced me to the world of electronic music, and ever since, it’s been a huge part of my life. I’m currently a philosophy student at UCSB, but music and shows are my passion. Thanks to EJ, I hope to share the magic of music with anyone interested.